In all parts of the Old World, as well as of the New, it was evident that Columbus had kindled a fire in every mariner's heart. That fire was the harbinger of a new era, for it was not to be extinguished.
~Charles Kendall Adams
Every ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~Robert F. Kennedy
A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for.
~John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic
I also hate those holidays that fall on a Monday where you don't get mail, those fake holidays like Columbus Day. What did Christopher Columbus do, discover America? If he hadn't, somebody else would have and we'd still be here. Big deal.
~John Waters, quoted in The Portable Curmudgeon Redux, compiled & edited by Jon Winokur, 1992
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, "Ours."
~Vine Deloria, Jr.
He completed the universe, he achieved the physical unity of the globe.
Columbus found a world, and had no chart,Save one that faith deciphered in the skies.
What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.
Columbus had all the spirit of a crusader, and, at the same time, the investigating nature of a modern man of science.
~Edmund Arthur Helps
Whose indomitable spirit changed the face of the earth for us.
~Edmund Arthur Helps
If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character. Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.
His barkThe daring mariner shall urge far o'erThe Western wave, a smooth and level plain,Albeit the earth is fashioned like a wheel.
He gave the world another world.
So Columbus said, somebody show me the sunset and somebody did and he set sail for it,And he discovered America and they put him in jail for it,And the fetters gave him welts,And they named America after somebody else.
~Ogden Nash, Columbus
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
~John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty, 1929
America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole.
We shall be inclined to pronounce the voyage that led to the way to this New World as the most epoch-making event of all that have occurred since the birth of Christ.
For all mankind that unstained scroll unfurled,Where God might write anew the story of the World.
~Edward Everett Hale
With this humble instrumentality did it please Providence to prepare the theatre for those events by which a new dispensation of liberty was to be communicated to man.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
Aborigines, n.: Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.
~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
He gained a world; he gave that worldIts grandest lesson: "On! sail on!"
He stands in history as the completer of the globe.
Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn't a lot of strokes when you consider the course.
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore,At the rim of a far-flung sky.
He stands out among the beacon lights of history as a man of vision dominated by a definite purpose.
~John George Jones
Great scientific discoveries have been made by men seeking to verify quite erroneous theories about the nature of things.
~Aldous Huxley, "Wordsworth in the Tropics"
Was this his face, and these the finding eyesThat plucked a new world from the rolling seas?
~George Edward Woodberry
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it.
~Robert L. Park, in The New York Times, 7 December 1999
Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument!
What faith in man must in our new world beat,Thinking how once he saw before his faceThe west and all the host of stars retreatInto the silent infinite of space!
~George Edward Woodberry
He leaves in the background of fame all other navigators whose names are written in the priceless annals of discovery.